Julian De Bono: Body is found in river in search for missing manon December 16, 2023 at 6:21 pm

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An underwater dive team searching for missing man Julian De Bono have retrieved a body, say police.

Julian De Bono was last seen in Ipswich at 01:45 GMT on SundayImage source, Suffolk Constabulary

Divers searching for the missing man Julian De Bono have found a body, police have confirmed.

Suffolk Police said the body was found by members of a specialist underwater search team in the River Gipping in Ipswich just after 15:00 GMT.

The force said the body had yet to be formally identified but the family of Mr De Bono, aged 63, had been informed.

Post-mortem tests will now take place to find the cause of death, which is currently being treated as unexplained.

CCTV footage and eyewitnesses put Mr De Bono on Yarmouth Road at 01:45 GMT on Sunday and he was seen heading towards London Road.

He had been at a work event before continuing back towards town to continue his night, Suffolk Police said.

Franstine Jones

Image source, Richard Knights/BBC

Franstine Jones, a friend of Mr De Bono and a former president of the National Black Police Association, said he is “a really popular friendly guy, a lot of people know him around Ipswich”.

“He’s always laughing, he’s very approachable,” she said, adding his friends were “very, very worried” and concerned about his going missing.

Julian De Bono

Image source, Suffolk Constabulary

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